Euro giants pull plug on Celtic striker deal - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Celtic have received a massive transfer boost this summer as French giants Marseille have pulled out of the race to sign Moussa Dembele, according to a report.
Get French Football News claims that the Ligue 1 side have been priced out of potential deal for the 21-year-old talisman.
The news outlet reports that although Marseille’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has made the striker the number one priority in the transfer window, the club have only been allocated £13.8million to spend on attacking reinforcements.
The report claims that a deal to sign Dembele is unlikely to be sanctioned this summer unless the club president Jacques Henri-Eyraud can obtain more funds within the next two days.
This follows up from the story in the French newspaper La Provence which reported that Marseille are reluctant to make a move because Dembele is willing to stay with the SPL champions for another year.
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The striker has still yet to feature for the Hoops in the league this season as he is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
Dembele’s current contract at Celtic Park runs out in three years.
Football Insider verdict
This should be considered as a real boost for Celtic as the summer transfer window comes to close. Marseille have been linked with Dembele throughout the summer and it could have been a move that tempted the striker with the chance to return to his native country. It’s good news for the Hoops but it doesn’t mean that a Premier League outfit won’t look to try and test their resolve with a last-minute offer before the window shuts on Thursday. Celtic might have been helped by the fact that Dembele has been unable to play due to injury meaning that other clubs may have turned their attentions to alternative options. At the minute, it appears that Celtic will be keeping hold of one of their best performers from last season.
In other Celtic transfer news, a Premier League midfielder is jetting out for a medical after the Hoops opened talks.